The highly anticipated follow-up to The Mystical Adventures of Stavros Papadakis , Making a Better World is a quirky, lighthearted story about family, faith, love -- and our crazy present times.
Oscar Perilloux, a middle-age widower and cash-strapped artist, is trying to be good: a good father, a good brother, a good son. But it’s not easy. His conniving, ne’er-do-well mother has just been kicked out of a retirement home and needs a place to live. His rich, egomaniacal brother is dating the woman Oscar secretly desires. And his seven-year-old daughter, whose innocence Oscar is trying mightily to preserve, is becoming more and more interested in the grown-up world. Meanwhile, Oscar’s childhood pal, whose life reached its high-point in high school, becomes the object of a social-media firestorm that threatens to destroy the harmony of their idyllic New Hampshire hometown.
A mix of satire and romance, family drama and social commentary, the novel touches on a number of today’s hot-button issues: internet cancel culture, "woke" capital, the crisis in the Catholic Church, the treatment of the elderly, and the raising of children. Witty and big-hearted, Making a Better World takes a playful look at the way we live now.
An exciting literary debut, The Mystical Adventures of Stavros Papadakis is the story of one man's quest for meaning and redemption following a near-death experience.
Stavros Papadakis, a successful yet epically dysfunctional Boston defense attorney, returns to his former home on Christmas day to visit his son. There, the unimaginable happens: heart attack, coma, and a trip to heaven and hell—or so Stavros claims. Back on earth, as he comes to understand that he was a terrible husband and an even worse father, Stavros determines to change his life and make amends. But there’s a problem: neither his ex-wife nor his son want anything to do with him. Meanwhile, Stavros’s charismatic law partner, the country’s most celebrated trial lawyer, demands that Stavros tell no one about his afterlife journey—it would be bad for business.
Set during the run-up to the 2016 election, and loosely structured around a sensational date-rape trial, the novel explores the contentiousness of contemporary life and the persistence of age-old themes: love, family, friendship, and the mystery of existential truth. By turns funny and poignant, quirky and hard-hitting, The Mystical Adventures of Stavros Papadakis is a powerful, provocative tale for our times.